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NRCS Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

wildfire on western lands

This monthly webinar series highlights recent outcomes, emerging opportunities, and conservation tools and data developed to assist with conservation planning and impact and efficiency assessment. The series illustrates the scope of Farm Bill conservation efforts on privately owned croplands, forests, and rangelands; documents the conservation achievements and outcomes of those efforts; and shows the utility of science-based outcomes for helping inform future conservation delivery.

These one-hour, live webinars will occur every fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) via Adobe Connect at


Thursday, July 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Quantifying Restoration Outcomes in Frequent-Fire Forests.

In western dry conifer forests, the possibility of a wildfire occurring is often high. Conservation practices to restore these forests can reduce wildfire risk, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce risk of soil erosion. The webinar will cover forest restoration, why it’s important, and the ecological outcomes of conservation under two different types of forest treatment. The presenters will explain how local restoration projects focus not only on fuel hazard reduction, but also on improving forest structural characteristics that contribute to larger landscape-scale goals, such as biodiversity. The presenters will close by illustrating how results can be upsized from site to watershed scales, and how NRCS might use the information to target conservation treatments.

Presenters are Dr. Jeffery Cannon (Forest Ecologist, Joseph E. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway) and Loretta J. Metz (NRCS National CEAP-Grazing Land Component Leader). The project featured in this webinar was performed in coordination with NRCS-Colorado State Staff Forester Jonas Feinstein and collaborators from the Colorado State University’s Colorado Forest Restoration Institute.

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Questions? Contact Bob Sowers at

  • August 27, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife in Eastern Forests.

Past Webinars:

  • Thursday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. ET – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP-2 Report on Changes in Adoption Rates. - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, May 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife - Archived webinar.